What would Russia do if it captured a British Challenger 2 tank?

A captured, undamaged Challenger 2 displayed in Moscow’s Red Square would seriously blow Britain’s reputation. British Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Crawford told the British newspaper Daily Express this. He spoke on the subject of what Russia would do if it captured a British Challenger 2 tank in Ukraine.

How powerful is the British Challenger 2 Tank? 

The British Challenger 2 tank is a highly capable and well-protected main battle tank that is currently in service with the British Army. Here are some of its features:

  • Armament: The Challenger 2 is equipped with a 120mm L30 rifled gun, which is highly accurate and effective against both armored and soft targets. It also has a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun and a commander’s 7.62mm machine gun.
  • Armor: The Challenger 2 is one of the most heavily armored tanks in the world, with a Chobham composite armor that provides excellent protection against both kinetic and chemical energy weapons. It also has a Spaced armor arrangement and explosive reactive armor (ERA) tiles for additional protection.
  • Mobility: The Challenger 2 is powered by a Perkins Engines V12 diesel engine that delivers 1,200 horsepower, allowing it to reach a top speed of 59 km/h (37 mph). It also has excellent cross-country mobility and can traverse rough terrain with ease.

Overall, the Challenger 2 is a highly capable tank well-suited for various battlefield roles, including armored warfare, fire support, and reconnaissance.

 Its powerful armament, heavy armor, and excellent mobility make it one of the most formidable tanks in the world today. However, it is important to note that the exact capabilities and specifications of the Challenger 2 are classified, so it is difficult to assess its true level of power with certainty.

Challenger 2 has only been destroyed once

Lieutenant Colonel Crawford believes such an image would be a blow to Britain’s reputation. A British Challenger 2 tank was only destroyed once, not by the enemy, but by friendly fire.

 This happened in 2003 in Basra, Iraq. The British armed forces lieutenant colonel believes that Russia will try to capture or destroy these types of tanks.

Recognize that the Challenger 2 is not some new, cutting-edge technology. These tanks, he says, are a great machine, but since 1998, when they entered service, they have lacked major improvements and can probably be considered near obsolescence, Crawford writes.

Earlier, the Chinese media wrote that the British Challenger 2 tanks, which should arrive in Ukraine soon, are equipped in such a way that they are completely useless in most cases.

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What do they say in China?

According to the author of the Paper article, the Challenger 2 tanks are not designed to use shells made of conventional materials. For this reason, Great Britain, in order not to “disgrace” itself and make its equipment useful to Kyiv, is ready to deliver shells with depleted uranium along with the tanks.

However, as the post points out, these shells were made in the 90s. That is, they can expire. For these reasons, it is believed that these shells may not work on the battlefield. However, these are assumptions, and there is no way to confirm if they are true.

In addition, the author added that one of the main goals of Great Britain was most likely to damage the territories that now belong to Russia. “As depleted uranium poisons the land, water, and air, making everything uninhabitable and causing cancer, Britain is counting on the same effect in the new Russian regions,” he stressed.

Russia’s response

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had stated that Britain’s delivery of depleted uranium ammunition to Ukraine would be a step toward further escalation of the conflict. Remember that the British Deputy Defense Minister, Annabelle Goldie, declared that London would supply Ukraine with depleted uranium projectiles.